Elizabeth II was unlikely to become queen

Few expected that Elizabeth II would become Queen. Even when he became the heir to the throne, he did not think that he would have to rule for long. But after the death of his father, he had to sit on the throne at the age of 25 only. But his father and his chances of ascending the throne were slim. Elizabeth II served for 70 years until her death.
Queen Elizabeth II (full name Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor) was born on April 21, 1926 in London. He was third in the line of succession to the throne. First on the list were his great-uncle Edward VIII, Prince of Wales, and his father Albert George VI, Duke of York.

According to the BBC, Elizabeth II’s reign as Queen is a fairy tale once in a while. After the death of his grandfather George V, his great uncle Edward VIII ascended the British throne in 1936. But after some time he left the throne. Behind it was a love affair. Controversy arose over her accession to the throne when she wanted to marry American socialite Wallis Simpson. Because Simpson was a divorced woman. For that reason, top officials including the then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom were strongly opposed to accepting a divorced woman as a royal bride. Edward VIII abdicated just 326 days after ascending the throne when it became impossible for him to marry Simpson. And through this, Queen Elizabeth’s father, George VI, cleared the way to take power. In 1937, Edward VIII moved to Paris and married Simpson and spent the rest of his life there.

According to the BBC, along with the British royal family, the Church of England was against marrying Simpson. Simpson, they said, was not eligible to be Edward VIII’s wife. The king is made clear, Edward must choose the throne or the Simpsons. In response, Edward said, ‘I cannot undertake any responsibility as king without the help and support of one whom I love.’

Edward VIII’s abdication is considered the greatest constitutional crisis in modern royal history. However, in this crisis, the fate of Queen Elizabeth II’s father, George VI, opened. The resignation of King Edward changed the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

Former BBC news producer Tony McMahon said Queen Elizabeth II became top of the line of succession after her father, George VI, ascended the throne. Had Edward VIII not abdicated, the situation in Britain might have been different.

In 1947, Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip (Duke of Edinburgh) of Greece and Denmark. Philip died on April 9 last year aged 99. When her father, King George VI, died in February 1952, Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne and became Head of the Commonwealth. Elizabeth-Philip couple have four children. They are Prince Charles of Wales (he is the new King of Britain); Princess Anne; Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.